sisters and nightmares...

 Up next for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:SoSS#53  M is for Mixed Media.  Check out the challenge by clicking my link.   These sisters could be Edna's long lost cousins.

Well in the old days, like my sissies up there in the photo, it was called collage.  But Mixed works for me.  Here is my creative process:

I love shoes, though I ruined my feet at the altar of fashion.  But these days, when I stumble across really fancy high heels, I must free them from their bondage (magazine), fussy cutting.  I knew these Jessica Simpson red suede HigH hEeLs would make a perfect statement one day.  Today is the day.

Actually I was waiting for these sissies...and my thoughtful son 'happened' upon the original of my photo and figured I'd be able to use them in a work of he{art}.  The original is a color photo from sometime in the late '50's or early '60's I am guessing.  I photo copied the original to keep it safe and worked with the black and white.  First thing I did was use my early '00's deckle edged scissors that came in a warehouse pac (anyone still use them) to create the edge the old brownie camera prints had.  That edge was then embossed with Sea Foam White embossing powder...looks pretty realistic, right?  Dug for the metal photo corners.

 Dry embossed the black background with a beautiful
Anna Griffin folder.

The thought bubbles are from two different companies, the oval shaped one is a Heidi Swapp, can't recall the rectangular one.  They were cut from watercolored paper already colored in the aqua hues.  I hand lettered:

sis, remember those Italian instruments of tortures?  Nashville~Harvey's 1963.

oh, those Sexy red high heels~my bunions, my hammer toe, the nightmares.

The netting at the top reminded me of the old hair nets you used to see on ladies of a certain decade.  I thought it was the perfect finishing touch.  Please let me know how I did and how 'bout those red suede shoes?

Thanks for stopping by.


It's Valentines...a special day to celebrate

...love.  Who doesn't want to make one somebody's heart flutter?  It's been forever since Eunice dropped into my studio.  She asked me for something special this year.

I couldn't resist working in a mixed media background with the Dylan Reaveley star stencil.  I used ColourArte's Radiant Gel in Coral Berry.  When it was dry, I rubbed several Gelatos over the top to color the background.

'Eunice' is a 'J Wright' stamp from the discontinued Stamps Happen Company.  She is colored with Copics and Stickles.  I added the netting, crochetd skirt and the silk flower petal underskirt.  The scarf is a bit of gauze colored with markers.  The I love you's are confetti that I embossed in matte powders.

I am entering this card in the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:
Soss #52 K is for Kiss.  If anyone is snarky, Eunice certainly qualifies.

This card also hits the Mixed Media Card Challenge: #20 {RED}.  To use red and optional hearts on your card.  I've got red net for Eunices' skirt, the heart shaped candy box and  bits of red
                                                                                                           scattered around her outfit!

Here's to Valentine's day and wishing you love overflowing...well, maybe not as overflow as Eunice's bodice...but a cup full~just the same!  What is love?   Recall the Jim Carrey SNL skit.  There are quite a few versions on YouTube.  grin.  That will get you started....


a question for you...

a question for you...
I am having such fun playing with 'ancient' stamps from my stash.  Today I used this Stamps Happen image, a Dolly Mama.  The image was inked with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and colored with Copics.  I used Acrylic Paint for the polka dots.  Added a bit of scrap with net (left over from her underskirt, grin.) at the bottom right.

The paper panels are from two different Basic Grey patterns.  B-Side and Highline.  This card was entered over on Splitcoaststampers SC579 today.  I took a bit of liberty with the panels, turned it vertical.  But then that's art, right?

The Paper Players PP281 has a theme challenge this week.  LeAnne issued a call to use a dog or cat on your card.  Well, how about that fluffy, pampered pink feline?

And I ask the rhetorical question, does my derriere look big in this?  Thanks for stopping by today.  And leaving a comment??? I'm totally cool with that!


heart 2 he{ART}

Hello again artful friends,

I've had time to play in the studio recently and am focusing on Valentine's.  It's easy to create with the color palette associated with hearts, don't you think? The Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoaststampers  04 February 16 was all about tape.  I chose the Magic Masking Tape Technique.  Easy Peasy.  You use painters tape and glossy paper.  Apply your ink (I used Distress Inks) to the strip of masking tape.  Three colors. Place them on your glossy paper, lightly pressing down to transfer the inks.  Remove gently and continue.

The City Crafter Challenge Week 297: Fantastic Plastic  call is to use plastic in some way on your project.  I chose to use acetate packaging, stamping my anatomical heart from 100 Proof Press with Stazon 'Jet Black' ink.  I also used a hand craved heart stamp inked with Stazon 'Blazing Red' on acetate.  Check out City Crafter Challenges by clicking my link.  Current challenge ends 9 February 16.

you & me
I stamped Technique Tuesdays 'Friends' acrylic set 'You & Me with Archival Ink's Brilliance 'Moonlight White'.  Can you see it ever so faintly at the bottom?

I appreciate all your comments, hoping your heartbeats strong for those you love.